Definition of orbital adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɔːbɪtl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrbɪtl//
    [only before noun] Space travel, The universe
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  1. 1connected with the orbit of a planet or object in space See related entries: Space travel, The universe
  2. 2(British English) (of a road) built around the edge of a town or city to reduce the amount of traffic travelling through the centre
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (referring to the eye socket): probably from medieval Latin orbitalis, from Latin orbita ‘course, track’ (in medieval Latin ‘eye socket’), feminine of orbitus ‘circular’, from orbis ‘ring’.

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